Data from three recent surveys indicate that about 40 percent of workers with employment-based health insurance are enrolled in plans that their employers self-insure. Despite the considerable differences between federal regulation of these self-insured plans and state regulation of employer plans purchased from an insurance company, the authors find striking similarities in the populations they serve, the benefits they offer, and their premium costs. Implications for health policy are discussed.
Originally published in: Health Affairs, 1996, v. 15, no. 2, pp. 266-278.
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